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This amazing new twin bed from Monte Design The Dorma Bed can function as a regular twin bed or as a trundle. Functional, stylish works for lil' ones into their teens

The Monte Design Dorma Full Bed features a high headboard and a low footboard for a chic look. The Dorma bed has a sophisticated design and will bring a clean and distinct style to any bedroom. Its sturdy construction and fully upholstered frame make it ideal for your child's first "real" bed or for your teen's modern aesthetic. With its mature design, this bed is sure to stay with your child through their teens. And its so easy to assemble

Full Bed Features:

  • Handcrafted and sustainably made in Canada using the highest quality materials
  • Quick and easy assembly - No tools required!
  • Fits standard full mattress (no box spring)
  • Includes 2 standard side rails (toddler guard rails are an additional purchase)
  • Foam is free of any flame retardant chemicals. For more on health and ecological practices, click here.
  • Headboard dimensions: 38.5"H x 57"W x 4.5"D
  • Footboard dimensions: 17"H x 57"W x 4.5"D

Add-on Trundle Bed & Mattress:

Sleepovers are an exciting and fun part of growing up! Our customizable upholstered trundle is the perfect (and smart!) addition for under your Monte Design Dorma Bed. With its smooth and sturdy wheels, the trundle easily pulls out from under the bed and holds our comfortable foam mattress that includes a removable and washable water-proof cover (trundle bed and mattress sold separately).

Trundle Bed & Mattress Features:

  • Handcrafted and sustainably made in Canada using the highest quality materials
  • Trundle bed available in twin size only, yet it can easily be used under our full size bed
  • Mattress measures 72"L X 38"W X 5"D
  • Trundle Weight: 45 lbs
  • Mattress includes a removable and washable water-proof cover
  • Trundle bed has fully upholstered sides

Toddler Guard Rail

This is a great addtions to any Dorma bed and it won't sacrafice the aestheic as the are full upholstered to match the bed. These rails keep you little one from rolling out of the bed. When the toddler rails are no longer needed simply replace them with the original rails.

  • Handcrafted and sustainably made in Canada using the highest quality materials
  • Pleae use a maxium 9" thick mattress for rail to be effective

To Buy the Monte Design Dorma Bed CLICK HERE

New Monte Design Dorma Trundle Bed

March 06, 2018 by Johanna Bialkin

Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish term used to describe the sensation or quality of cosiness and well being. It is a feeling of content and warmth within ones home, often created by the intimate atmosphere of the room. Here are a few of our suggestions when creating a room that embodies and becomes your own livable, comfortable, and cozy sanctuary.

1. Textures - Soft and natural textures help create both the physical and visual sensation of comfort and warmth.

2. Lighting - You can easily create an atmosphere of intimacy and relaxation with candles and lanterns.

3. Games - Hygge is all about togetherness and appreciating small moments. Enjoying games and off-line activities helps bring everyone to the table to better appreciate intimacy and presentness.

4. Well being and wellness is one of the foundations of Hygge living. Surround yourself with objects that contribute to both your mental and emotional wellness. Whatever that may be, opt for objects that bring good vibes and that represent your individuality. Let go of clutter, and things that do not bring you pleasure. When decorating, look for special items that help you feel both comfortable and special in your own space.

5. Quiet time does not have to be alone time. Share your space with people you love.

Hygge Inspired Products:

OPIE KIDS CHAIR
GOLD GLITTER SWADDLES
HAND DYED SHEEPSKIN RUG
SMALL MATCHES
MIMI'LOU POLAR BEAR MINI CUSHION
CLOUD PILLOW

Hygge Inspired Nooks and Nests

May 17, 2017 by Aldea Home + Baby

Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish term used to describe the sensation or quality of cosiness and well being. It is a feeling of content and warmth within ones home, often created by the intimate atmosphere of the room. Here are a few of our suggestions when creating a room that embodies and becomes your own livable, comfortable, and cozy sanctuary.

1. Textures - Soft and natural textures help create both the physical and visual sensation of comfort and warmth.

2. Lighting - You can easily create an atmosphere of intimacy and relaxation with candles and lanterns.

3. Games - Hygge is all about togetherness and appreciating small moments. Enjoying games and off-line activities helps bring everyone to the table to better appreciate intimacy and presentness.

4. Well being and wellness is one of the foundations of Hygge living. Surround yourself with objects that contribute to both your mental and emotional wellness. Whatever that may be, opt for objects that bring good vibes and that represent your individuality. Let go of clutter, and things that do not bring you pleasure. When decorating, look for special items that help you feel both comfortable and special in your own space.

5. Quiet time does not have to be alone time. Share your space with people you love.

Hygge Inspired Products:

JOANIE TAMBOURINE

DHURRIE RUG

FIREPLACE MATCHES

DOMINOES

TERRACOTTA LANTERN

DIVISIÓN CUSHION

Embrace the Art of Hygge

May 17, 2017 by Aldea Home + Baby

Justin Godar

Pieces by G?dar Furniture are a mixture of local and designer inspired origins that result in creative, striking showcase pieces for interior residences. Designer, Justin G?dar, where the company name is evidently a derivative of, looked to the Sutro Tower of San Francisco to literally reproduce in model scale coat rack; while the transition from Hans Wegner's PP503, Eames' House of Cards George Nakashima's tables supported the creations of G?dar’s Thick Chair, Grow shelves and Fake Slab coffee table. While the Sutro Tower Coat Rack shares direct correlations with the actual structure,, the sources for the other furniture pieces are not as evident to even the trained eye for they are not meant to be copies or visible imprints of past works.

While inspiration has brought the ideas into the making, the production process is also relevant to the success of the unique furniture pieces. Breaking the envelope to produce visionary works comes with quality and careful study. Prototypes are created to build a locally small manufacturing of well constructed pieces. Customers who buy G?dar Furniture are sure to purchase a product that is opposed to mass production and in favor of quality control, made in San Francisco.

The achievement of the Sutro Tower Coat Rack, as seen in sale popularity, is also due to it’s clever process. The way the piece is put together and taken apart is an aspect of creativity that only adds value to the overall concept. The rack comes with an effortless assembly kit made of a clever plywood installation ‘hammer’ keystone, giving clients that i-can-build-this attitude which combines simple transportation and consumer participation. Once the rack is bought in store, it can be folded and moved, no large inconvenient packaging required; just a simple lifting of the upper triangular structure to allow for the dis-assembly of the remaining pieces.

G?dar Furniture is available at Aldea Home where clients can witness firsthand the creativity, intelligence and quality of Justin’s designs and production or visit the Aldea website to discover the images and access to the pieces through on-line purchasing.

Hammer

INTERVIEW

1. What were your inspirations for creating the line?
Inspiration can come from anywhere, but many of my designs were inspired by existing designs, at least as a starting point. In the case of the Sutro Tower Coat Rack, that design was clearly Sutro Tower. I thought its design would work well as a coat rack, though my first scale model could barely stand up on its own. I had to completely change all aspects of the scale model to turn it into a product that would hang coats and look good as furniture. In the end, it works great if you need a place to hang your coats or if you just want to own a sculpture inspired by Sutro Tower.
Other examples of existing designs inspiring my designs includes Hans Wegner's PP503 chair inspiring my Thick Chair, Eames' House of Cards inspiring my Grow shelves or George Nakashima's tables inspiring my Fake Slab coffee table. But even the well trained eye would be hard pressed to recognize these inspirations. I'm not interested in ripping off someone's designs. I see design as an ongoing conversation I'd like to help advance, rather than recap what has already been said.
2. What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
Selling my products is the most rewarding part of what I do, but not for the obvious reason. My designs push the envelope and I hopefully can communicate my vision through the end product. Though I can generally get some praise from friends and the internets, purchasing my products says "I get it, I'll lay down some money to prove it and I'll let it occupy some of the limited space in my home for a long time."
3. What is the most challenging aspect?
Though research and development is one of the most rewarding aspects of my business, it is also the most challenging. I generally start out with a sliver of an idea and usually develop it until I have a functioning prototype, sometimes over the span of many years. I'll often need to learn about new materials, tools and processes along the way. It takes a tremendous amount of time, money and focus, but there's no guarantee it will lead to a product I'll ultimately sell.
4. Why should a customer purchase your products?
Customers should buy my products because they like them and there is nothing else quite like them. If that's not enough, they can be comforted knowing that my products were made responsibly in small quantities with the highest standards by the same fellow who designed them right here in San Francisco.
5. How did you come up with the concept of your "hammer" beer can?
The Sutro Tower Coat Rack has a keystone. The small, solid triangle in the middle holds everything together. As it is pressed into its final resting spot, the legs snap inward and lock it in place.
I was slightly concerned that someone's fingers might get pinched during this step, so I decided to add the Beer Hammer to keep hands out of the pinch zone. It has the added benefit of making use of scrap plywood that was left over during the cutting of the coat rack parts.
I was not the first person to include a plywood can-and-hammer tool. A friend of mine, Bart Haney, included a bunny-shaped hammer that used a can of tomato soup as a weight. It was a tool used to assemble his "Neo Amish Seating" through his Super Happy Bunny brand. With his permission, I adopted the concept to fit my own needs.

Meet Justin Godar, Designer of Sutro Coat Rack

August 12, 2015 by admin admin

Meet the architecturally trained artist, Laurence Srinivasan:

Studio for Metropolitan Crafts


1. What were your inspirations, for creating the line?
We've been doing tabletop sculpture, architectural models. We started to look at the city map as an object. So many of us use the Google Maps online everyday. I think the map use has really grown since they've become such useful online tools. So I wanted the interactive map to become something physical, and using the lasercut cork seemed to be the best way to make it interactive... in the same way that online maps are interactive. With a CorkMap, everyone can personalize the map and make it reflect their own life in the city. Being city-dwellers, we're always making plans and lists-- and having a city map on which to place those plans seemed kind of fun.


2. What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
Rewarding aspect of what I do, is I suppose when the products take on a life of their own- and it enters into the public. I do like to see good design appreciated by many. Also, I like to draw attention to something that is often overlooked, and take a second look to appreciate it..

Cork Map San Francisco


3. What is the most challenging aspect?
There are many challenges. Designing new products goes through many stages. I try to make something high quality, with good details, creativity, uniqueness, great packaging. Working with the price is a challenge- and a reward. The price needs to be factored in while designing the object. But not too early in the process I think, or it can kill a project!


4. Why should a customer purchase your products?
I would say that's up to the customer. I know I buy a product when it gives me a sort of vision and inspiration of something I like. I always buy quality too. When buying art, or table top sculpture- you want it to augment your environment at home, show whimsy perhaps, and maybe be a conversation starter. I try to make something that will do that.


Studio for Metropolitan Crafts

August 07, 2015 by admin admin

Beatrix Tiger Backpack
Beatrix’s
backpacks combine contemporary school cool and playground tested durability. Adorned with clever and colorful animal characters, these tough school bags are a big win with parents and kids alike. Architect and graphic designer Claire Theobald and former creative advertising director Marcus Woolcott are the savvy duo behind the concept, creativity, and production of Beatrix.

beatrix backpack
The New York based team has boosted Beatrix’s popularity through quality of design and manufacturing. The heavy duty nylon and cotton products withstand the active lifestyles of their young clientele. Backpacks are made of easy to clean laminated cotton and nylon made from recycled water bottles. Beatrix backpacks are specially designed to hold textbooks, crayons and colors, pens and pencils, lunch, and even a laptop. Backpacks have padded shoulder straps and back panels for comfortable wearing. The insulated lunch boxes maintain freshness due to their nylon and non-toxic EVA film lining and provide practical needs of a name tag and a zipped pocket.

Join us for a back to school event featuring Beatrix, Bixbee, So Young and Skip Hop on Saturday July 25th, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Please note: this event will be at 890 Valencia Street—our main store!

Beatrix - Kids Backpacks for the Smart Set

July 21, 2015 by admin admin

bixbee backpacks and lunchboxes

Bixbee’s new collection of imaginative backpacks and matching lunch boxes are here in time for back to school. Kids love the fun animal designs — some with LED lit wings! Parents will appreciate their horizontal ergonomic design and superior quality. When you buy a Bixbee bag, another bag full of essential supplies is given to a child in need. Now that's a win-win in our book.

bixbee backpacks and lunchboxes

We asked Bixbee CEO Luis Manuel Garcia a few questions to learn more about his popular and socially conscious line of kid’s bags:

What were your inspirations for creating the line?

Have you ever stopped to have an actual conversation with a kid? Their imagination serves as an endless source of inspiration for my work. Wings, sparkle, sharks, zombies in a smart design combined with our buy one, give one mission makes for a feel good, ‘gotta have it’ product.

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

Educating children is a fundamental part of securing their future. This belief is at the heart of Bixbee’s core values. Besides our customers’ happiness, making a lasting impact on children in need is our biggest reward.

Bixbee give back

What is the most challenging aspect?

We understand brand awareness takes time so we encourage our supporters to spread the Bixbee buzz as much as possible though social media and word of mouth.

Why should a customer purchase your backpack?

Our designer backpacks bridge function and durability with fashion and fun! These bright and tough-built backpacks are specifically designed for kids’ unique measurements. Our patented horizontal design with ergonomic attributes is designed to carry weight at waist level.

bixbee backpacks and lunchboxes

Bixbee Backpacks with a Conscience

July 07, 2015 by admin admin

Deciding on "the" glider for your family? For us the one we love is Monte design for sustainability, design, comfort and flexibility. Their hand-crafted gliders are all sustainable, easy to clean and free of petroleum and flame retardant chemicals.
An optional ergonomic lumbar pillow or ottoman provides extra support and comfort where you need it.
Whether you prefer the sleek swivel of the Grazia, the easy recline of the Grano, or the dreamy plush back of the Como, you can’t deny the modern transitional styles of the chairs. When the nursery grows into a big kid room, the glider serves as a great addition to your living room. Each chair is made to order in Canada with an impressive commitment to sustainability and low emission.
All the Monte models available in our home store for you to try out. We can walk you through the custom options and fabric choices so you don’t miss out on the full Monte experience!

Top Monte Chairs

October 03, 2014 by Aldea Home

“What’s the best stroller you have?” is the question we are asked most at Aldea Baby. While we each have our favorites, shopping for a stroller is all about your personal lifestyle.
The Orbit 3G is perfect if you’re like us and obsessed with every THING local. It’s made in the Bay Area by Stanford engineers, so it wouldn’t feel right if it wasn’t made of the most sustainable and high quality materials on the market. The swiveling stroller seat can detach and double as a car seat making it an easy, one-handed transition when your baby is asleep on your shoulder.
When you lead an active lifestyle, the Mountain Buggy Terrain stroller could be your potential best friend. The stroller is equipped with 12” air tires, a hand break, and a zipped cargo bag making it easy to take the little one with you on your Sunday morning hike around Land’s End.
Bay Area parents are usually on the market for a lightweight stroller so they can climb up the hundreds of stairs leading to their apartment with ease. The Mountain Buggy Nano is a convenient 13 lbs and folds to fit plane overhead compartments when you want to bring baby along to grandma’s. It comes with an adaptor to work with every car seat, ever, so it’s no wonder why it has won so many design awards. The “umbrella” stroller could never be taboo again when it’s this upscale and well-made!
While these three strollers are amazing, we provide many other shapes and styles at Aldea Ninos. Come by the store and we would be happy to take you on our stroller tour to find what stroller is right for you!

Top Strollers

October 03, 2014 by Aldea Home

The summer has flown by and it's high noon for back to school. We've got you covered this year at Aldea Baby with the coolest and most essential gear for daycare, preschool, and school-school. Brown bags are definitely out! Fresh graphic lunch boxes by Beatrix combine whimsy and color with sturdy construction. Plus they are easy to clean and feature new designs every year. They even win the likes of A-Lister children like Suri Cruise and Harper Beckham.

Tot Cots by Urban Infant are the perfect all-in-one-sleeping solution for naptime. Pillow, attached fleece blanket, name tag and secret pocket all roll up for easy toting. Wondering if they come in adult sizes? They don't, we already asked. Backpacks come in all shapes and sizes these days, so we like to keep it interesting with these lightweight and ergonomic backpacks from SF local Luis Garcia. With every back pack purchased, School Bags for Kids donates a backpack filled with supplies to a child in need.

Back To School

September 05, 2014 by Aldea Home